Saturday, 25 June 2011

Two-way blog from Wataniya (Kuwait)

Wataniya Telecom has launched an interactive blog for its online customers, although it will continue to remain active on other networking channels such as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

Riham Al Ayyar, Senior Brand and Communications Director of Wataniya Telecom said: “Wataniya found that customers tend to recommend the brand to others through frequent online interactions.”

Friday, 24 June 2011

New direction for Orange (Botswana)

Orange Botswana has launched its new tagline focusing directly on change, ‘Today changes with Orange’.

Elisabeth Medou-Badang Chief Executive Officer of Orange has said: “over and above Orange’s commitment to its customers, this tagline also expresses the change, which Orange is making for its staff, and more generally the change as the whole company evolves”.

A new television commercial is being aired on BTV in the evenings.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

MTC cuts cost of calls (Namibia)

MTC is reducing its call rates, already the lowest mobile operator with its T49 offer at 49 cents per minute, from June 2011 to just 39 cents per minute. MTC’s call charges are therefore cheaper than an SMS. The rate is applicable to calls to all local networks, and users will still receive 100 free SMSes with the first of those charged at 40 cents.

MTC’s Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs, Tim Ekandjo said that the move showed that ‘nothing can separate MTC and Namibians’.

Value added service for mobile users (Oman)

Oman Mobile has activated its Free Wainak ‘Missed Call Alert’ service to its existing Mada subscribers. This sends SMS messages to users every time a call is missed, while their phone is switched off, busy or out of reach.

Salim Ali Al Nasri, Senior Manager Product Development at Omantel’s Consumer Unit said it was one of the first valued added services offered by Oman Mobile.

The service is designed to cover overseas and incoming calls from public telephones, fixed and mobile subscribers on other networks.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Month to go for MNP launch (Bahrain)

Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said that Number Portability will be available from 17 July 2011 for mobiles, and fixed lines two months later. Systor Intereurope Systems (Systor) is the solution provider. TRA’s ICT Director Mr. Ahmed Aldoseri said the launch had been delayed due to administrative delays, national events, and to allow time for testing. The number portability central system is being hosted by the Bahrain Internet Exchange.

Please return to the registration booth says NCA (Ghana)

The National Communications Authority (NCA) SIM card registration is due to end on 30 June 2011. The NCA reports that it is making a final thrust to reach users in the remote communities.

It has also reported that the data for some 30 percent of subscribers has been incorrectly captured and the users concerned risk deactivation. The NCA did not say how a user might know whether their data had been wrongly captured or not.

Unbundling dialogue kicks off (South Africa)

ICASA has invited stakeholders and the media to a briefing on what it describes as the start of the national debate on Local Loop Unbundling (LLU). This relates to the delayed publication of the LLU Discussion Document outlining the Authority’s initial views on the process. The press briefing is slated for 10 a.m. Wednesday, 22 June 2011 at the Block C Presentation Room (ICASA), 164 Katherine Street, Pinmill Farm, Sandton.

Monday, 20 June 2011

VSAT plugs the gap for NGOs (Libya)

A team from Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) claims it has arrived in Misrata, where the fighting is reported to be growing, and where there are currently no communications. TSF technicians are carrying the equipment needed for a VSAT antenna, with the aim of establishing a satellite connection for use by humanitarian organisations. It set-up an operational satellite connection for humanitarian organisations in Benghazi on 20 April. TSF is on-line at

Risk management for Qtel (Qatar)

Qtel on Sunday said it signed a major insurance contract with SEIB Insurance Company for Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, to cover an estimated USD 600 million worth of liability. Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO of Qtel Qatar, said: “SEIB Insurance….have tailored their services to underwrite our strategy for risk management.”